While the club from Turin has set an asking price close to £56.5 million for the Italy international, AC Milan have chosen to place a starting bid of only £39 million.
The Rossoneri are on the lookout for quality talent all across Europe, as they fell down to 6th position in the Serie A last season, right behind Lazio. With the Chinese billionaire owners willing to invest money in the club, the management is not compromising on the quality of transfer targets because of monetary reasons.
Torino, though, value the striker highly – the player’s contract has a buyout value set close to £100 million. Despite finishing 9th in the league, the 23-year-old has shone through, attracting eyes all across Europe in the process.
After having joined the club only for £6.5 million from another Serie A team, Palermo, he has redefined his quality and role for the Il Toro. His first season for the club saw him scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances for the club, a mean feat for a 22-year-old back then in itself.
The previous season, 2016-17, though, shook up his status quo – right into the laps of most wanted youth players in European football. In the 38 games he played for the club this season, he scored 28 goals, with his first of the season coming at San Siro.
The young striker has also been chosen to play for the Italy National team, where he scored 3 goals in the 8 games he featured in – all of them in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
If Torino and AC Milan fail to come to a decision over the prodigious starlet, there are indications of AC Milan also seeking out for Chelsea’s Diego Costa, who recently expressed his disappointment at being asked to leave by Antonio Conte.
On the other hand, AC Milan would have to fight hard to prevent their genius goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from leaving the club. Labelled as the next “Gigi Buffon”, the 18-year-old has been attracting eyes from major clubs in Europe.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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